Telia launches 5G SA core network in Finland

Telia is launching its 5G SA core network in Finland, the first commercially available 5G SA network in the Nordic and Baltic region.
Telia CEO Allison Kirkby
Jari Collin, Telia Finland CTO, said: “We are taking the most significant step forward since the launch of 5G, as SA enables all the revolutionary features of 5G.”

The 5G SA core network is initially launched to selected users in some 20 geographical areas across Finland, and further rollout will follow.

“We are excited to launch the Nordic and Baltic region’s first commercially available 5G standalone core network in Finland, and be one of the first in Europe to take 5G SA into full production. This is another proof point of Telia’s commitment to innovation,” Allison Kirkby, Telia Company President & CEO, said in a statement.

Nokia is the technology partner for Telia for the deployment of its 5G Standalone (SA) Core network in Finland.

Nokia is also in the process of rolling out its 5G SA Core for Telia in Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

The rollout in Finland includes Nokia’s cloud packet core and registers, which allows subscriber data to be consolidated into a common repository using a distributed and flexible architecture. Telia is also using Nokia’s Radio Access Network.

Nokia said it is leading the 5G SA Core market, with over 80 CSP and enterprise customers around the world; that includes nearly 30 CSPs in Europe. In addition, 25 of the top 40 service providers by revenue rely on Nokia core network products.

“We are delighted that Nokia’s 5G SA Core is now live for Telia in Finland. This provides Telia with the industry’s leading Core Network technology, enabling the rapid rollout of advanced 5G services to its customers,” Fran Heeran, Head of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia, said.